Coronavirus live updates: Need to prepare for ‘battle’ at the apex, Cuomo says
A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has infected more than 823,000 people around the world.
Over 174,000 of those patients have recovered from the the new respiratory virus, which causes an illness known officially as COVID-19.
More than 40,000 people across the globe have died, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
With more than 175,000 diagnosed COVID-19 cases, the United States has by far the highest national tally in the world
At least 3,415 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S.
To the public, the governor stressed, “everyone is subject to this virus. It is the great equalizer. I don’t care how smart, how rich, how powerful you think you are.”
Gov. Cuomo said his younger brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, has tested positive for coronavirus. The governor said he spoke to his brother Tuesday morning and that he “will be fine.”
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But the governor also chastised the younger Cuomo for letting their mother go to his house several weeks ago.
“I said, ‘That is a mistake. You expose her to a lot of things,'” the governor said. “She’s older and she’s healthy but I said, ‘you can’t have mom at the house.'”
“If my brother still had my mother at his house … now we’d have a much different situation,” he said.
Chris Cuomo tweeted Tuesday, “I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fever, chills and shortness of breath.”
Chris Cuomo said he’s quarantined in his basement and will anchor his CNN show from there.
11:30 a.m.: Walmart will check employee temperatures
Walmart says it will start taking employees’ temperatures when they arrive at work and will ask them “some basic health screening questions.”
Any employee with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be asked to go home and will be paid for reporting to work, Walmart said in a statement.
Masks are expected to arrive in one to two weeks and will be available for any employees who want them, Walmart added.
10:26 a.m.: Masks for everyone ‘under very active consideration,’ Fauci says
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN Tuesday that masks for everyone is “under very active consideration.”
The possibility of recommending that all Americans wear masks will be discussed at Tuesday’s coronavirus task force meeting and officials will come “close to coming to some determination” when there are enough for health care workers, Fauci said.